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Issue #203: Seven Valuable Query Letter Tips for Travel Writers
April 23, 2018
Greetings Fellow Travel Writers and Bloggers!

We arrived back in Seattle a few days ago, and are just getting over the 14-hour time zone jet lag. It’s a long haul from Vietnam!

We start our Travel Writing & Marketing Master Class April 27-29, at the Hilton Garden Inn, with 15 enthusiastic aspiring travel writers. And we’re very excited to meet all of them. We’ll tell you more about it on Facebook in the next few days, and in the next newsletter.

The day before the Master Class we’re hosting a Deep Dive for my current coaching clients. This special gathering of motivated writers gives us some face-to-face time to delve deeper into travel writing topics that we don’t cover during the Master Class. And it’s a good chance for my writers to get to know each other and share their successes.

It’s been a year since I was last in Seattle and I’m having fun catching up with friends and neighbors. And we’re doing some shopping for everyday items we can’t find in Da Nang (thank you Fred Meyer!).

Of course, we’re feeling reverse culture shock, most of all with orderly traffic where the drivers actually obey the rules of the road!

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• The 2018 Ultimate List of Travel Writing Conferences
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• Website Resource List for Travel Writers
• Travel Magazine Lists: 18+ Great Sources of Magazine Leads
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• 2018 Recommended Facebook Travel Writing Sites
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This Week's Featured Post

Query Letter Guide: Seven Valuable Tips for Travel Writers

Most "experts" still recommend a traditional approach to writing and sending queries to editors. Following this advice is a mistake if you want to succeed at travel writing and see your articles published in print.

With the digital age and the speed at which things happen these days, the game has changed dramatically. Freelance travel writers who want to succeed need to change with it. After all, if your query letters don’t sell your stories, you’ll never get to write them.

This post is a guide to answer the questions about query letters that I hear most often. It reflects the tips that I used, with great success, to sell more than 1,000 articles to 200+ publications - get paid for them.

Read it - it will clarify the rather murky waters surrounding this critical topic.


Upcoming Posts

April 30: Simultaneous Submissions Strategies for Multiple Acceptances
May 7: Getting Paid for Your Travel Stories
May 14: Business Policies for Travel Writers
May 21: Do You Know About These Travel Writing Scams?

We've Been In The News

Honored to have our website listed in this article about “How to Publish Your Travel Writing on Major Sites” by Claire Shefchik.

Claire says, “Veteran travel writer Roy Stevenson has written literally thousands of articles for travel sites and has dozens of valuable tips for how to pitch, what to pitch, and the business of travel writing.”

Link to Claire Shefchik's article

Preparing Magazine Distribution Lists

I get requests from travel writers every week asking me to help prepare distribution lists to send their queries to.

I’m not surprised that so many travel writers contact me with this request. I get it. Searching for target magazines is perceived as an onerous clerical task and can take up many hours. Yet, it’s an indispensable step in getting your freelance articles published. After all, if you can’t find magazines to pitch, you’re not going to get your stories published.

The following articles cover the nuts and bolts of creating your own distribution lists. These articles will help you find magazines to pitch your stories to.

How to Create Magazine Distribution Lists and Where to Look for Leads
Different Types of Magazines You Can Pitch
Finding Travel Magazine Sales Leads on Vendor Websites

Inspirational Travel Quote of the Week

Travel Writing Bonus

For some of the finest travel writing ever, read John Steinbeck’s article about Positano, Italy, written in 1953 in Harper’s Bazaar Magazine.

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Where do travel writers find magazine leads to pitch and sell their stories?

My reference guide, 100 Print Magazines That Want To Publish Your Travel Articles, is a great place to start your search.

This compilation is far more specialized than what you find in Writer’s Market.  Compiled over ten years from a wide variety of on-line sources, field resources and book references, this comprehensive listing also includes international publications for the English-speaking market.

If you want to be a successful travel writer and get your articles published in paying print publications, you need to be highly proficient at finding travel magazine leads.  Having a solid list of magazines makes it easier to find assignments that will help get you invited on Press trips.


Here’s what professional travel blogger Chris Backe has to say about 100 Print Magazines That Want To Publish Your Travel Articles reference manual:

“The title tells you exactly what to expect. Roy introduces the concept of a ‘distribution list’ early on, his approach to simultaneous submissions, along with the need for writers to research and add places of their own to the list.

The list itself is well-organized and offers a paragraph or so for every noted magazine (though some descriptions do look copy-and-pasted from a magazine’s own page). Look for the website, a link to their guidelines, the editor’s name, and an e-mail address – note of course that you’ll want to confirm everything’s still up-to-date before sending off your pitches.”

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My Facebook page is about freelance travel writing. I frequently post about:
• travel writing & blogging conferences,
• links to other well produced travel websites and blogs,
• links to my travel articles,
• travel writing themes,
• links to reputable travel writer’s groups, associations, and newsletters,
• magazine covers stories and back stories,
• links to resources pages,
• links to travel writing archives,
• links to coaching and mentoring resources,
• and plenty of other useful information to get you up to speed.

Link to Roy's Personal Facebook page

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That's all for this week.

Until next week, just keep pitching!


Roy Stevenson
Pitch Travel Write

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